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Windows Azure - PowerShell Cmdlets - Introduction and Installation

Posted By:Jean Paul       Posted Date: July 22, 2012    Points: 200    Category: PowerShell    URL: http://www.dotnetspark.com  

In this article I would like to introduce PowerShell Cmdlets usage on Windows Azure platform.

What is Cmdlets?

Cmdlets is a Scripting Interface and provides us to do command line operations in Windows Azure Platform. Using it we can automate the day to day tasks like deployment, changing configuration etc. through the usage of scripts.


The Cmdlets can be downloaded from codeplex. The latest version while writing this article was 2.0. You can download Cmdlets using the following link.


After opening the link click on the Download button on the right side.

After downloading, execute the file and run the startHere.cmd file from the folder. The following Dependency Checker will be executed. The Dependency Checker ensures that the required components are available on the machine.

In the above screen 2 of the components are missing. If any of the components is missing, use the Download link to install and re-run the startHere.cmd file.

Once all the dependencies are installed the Dependency Checker will show the following result.

Now you can go back to the command window and enter Y to continue.

On proceeding with installation the following options will be prompted.

Enter the option 1 t o install PowerShell as a Snap-in.

After the installation open Windows PowerShell. You can open it from menu:

All Programs>Accessories>Windows PowerShell

After opening the PowerShell window enter the following command to load the Snap In.

Command: Add-PSSnapin WAPPSCmdlets

That concludes the loading of snap in to the PowerShell. Now you can enter the command to view all cmdlets in the package.

Command: Get-Command -Module WAPPSCmdlets

The above listing of the cmdlets confirms the successful loading of package.

This concludes the article on Introduction and Installation of PowerShell Cmdlets for Windows Azure. In the next article we can explore the usage of commands to automate some of the manual tasks we perform.




In this article we have explored about Cmdlets and Installation. Cmdlets provides higher speed and flexibility in real time development scenarios. We can use manual or automated way of using Cmdlets.

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